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Hoping to redefine herself, Julia attends a nearby university on an engineering scholarship. But when she returns home for Thanksgiving, unexpected events leave her vulnerable. Soon a sobering reality carries her through an Iowa blizzard - to begin a life she never planned.
Nicole Baart has received critical acclaim for her splendid debut novel, whose crisp prose is both "beautiful" and "evocative" (Romantic Times).
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By Daryl on 10-28-14
A promising debut
Would you consider the audio edition of After the Leaves Fall to be better than the print version?
Probably. I loved Johanna Parker's performance - she became Julia. Her performance made a descriptive coming-of-age tale into a pure joy to hear.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I would have to say Julia, just because she was messy and unpredictable. Beyond that, I liked Becca.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I found Julia's choice of a Christmas gift for her grandmother was moving and special, and the ending was bittersweet, leaving many open-ended questions. Thankfully Baart wrote two more books with some of these characters, and I look forward to seeing where Julia's fictional life takes her.
Any additional comments?
Terrific debut. baart creates Christian fiction that doesn't like the easy answers. I think this is what I like about her writing, because life - and faith journeys - are not that simple.